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. mario monti says german chancellor angela merkel doesn't want italy's center left party to win the elections this weekend. the outgoing prime minister said merkel feared a consolidation of parties from the left, especially in an election year for her. the german leader has so far refrained from commenting on the election. what does all of this mean? julia joins us now from milan. julia, i have to confess, i don't really understand what monti's point is here. >> well, you know, we have to give it a bit of context, kelly. this was in response to something berlusconi said about the possibility that mario monti had already signed an agreement with the democratic left party, the democracy party mr. bersani with the agreement with angela merkel. i don't think mario monti has hidden the fact that he's concerned about the influence, particularly the power of the union on the democratic party. if we look on the german side, the foreign minister said what they want ultimately is a party that's going to continue with the reforms, that's going to continue with the fiscal consolidation. i'm
is napolitano is supposed to be meeting with angela merkel for lunch today, i believe. >> no clowning around at that lunch. >> well done. i wish i were a fly on the wall for that one. >> it does make things extremely awkward ahead of that meeting. >> there's nothing quite like, you know, all the stereotypes that people talk about. there's nothing quite like when somebody comes out and proves stereo typical -- >> confirms that sense, contactually. >> mario draghi indicated his intention to keep the euro going, saying we are far from having an exit in mind. >> at this point in time, economic policy remains cognitive because we are far from being in a situation where we can actually start having an exit in mind. we see that inflationary expectations are very well anchored. if anything, inflation is going down. and we foresee for next year a significantly an inflation which is significantly lower than 2%. >> if we're going to see inflation significantly below 2%, it's being suggested there's room for them to do more, isn't he? >> possibly. i think for the most, the ecb, i think everything more o
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